Everyday Problem Solvers
Yesterday i attended a meeting in our new and improved meeting rooms in our new office. I have to say, it’s a beautiful room for 6, maybe 8 people, with a gorgeous white “plastic” (I really don’t know what material it was… felt like plastic..) table. Maybe it was acrylic.
Right at the beginning i started my notebook and, because i can’t get used to the touchpad, opened my Arc Mouse and the god damn pointer refuses to move. Easily solved problem, got a clean white paper and there you go, a new mouse pad… But it got me thinking what kind of person buys a meeting table for a IT company, in which only trackball mouse’s work? Forgivable. As the meeting progresses my battery runs-low, I excuse myself and go to my desk and grab my recharger. When I came back the big surprise revealed itself: There are no energy plugs in the room. I don’t mean there were no available plugs at the moment. I mean MeetingRoom.EnergyPlugs.Count = 0. It get worst, NONE of the rooms has. And that got me thinking what kind of IT enterprise has a meeting room without energy plugs? The designer of the meeting rooms FAILED miserably!!! Whoever approved the design was at least negligent…
This find got me noticing some other stuff around. Here, each desk is used by 2 developers, facing each other. Each one has a pc (I don’t dare to say a workstation… but that’s a topic for another post.) and of course a monitor. Every desk has 4 plugs, one for each pc and one for each monitor. So far so good… problem is that usually we bring our own notebooks or use the corporative notebook, and when the battery runs-low, guess what? No plugs… something gotta give… usually we choose to give up the pc… and plug the monitor in the notebook… but back to the point: FAIL!!! Once again: You can’t possibly have too much Energy plugs and coffee, especially in a Tech enterprise. Don’t be cheap…
Another tension point is the air-conditioning. Ours is Boolean oriented: either is off and the floor become an indoor Saara or its on frost-bite mode. Because we use “build-wise” A/C we can’t turn it on and off as necessary. Another FAIL. Who the hell can’t adjust the AC to a confortable 22º? It’s not Gama-Ray-In-Result-Of-Solar-Flare-Science…
I do have to say that there are various levels of incompetency. But whoever has the idea to place the developers right by where 3/4 of the entire office (developers account for the rest) passes by talking and chatting and in theirs phone calls and laughing, making “concentration” a memory of old-times and not the way-of-life of we, the developers, must have gotten a bloody trophy. I cant explain my disappointment with words… then to illustrate it choose this picture: